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Nippers program offers access for all

SUMMER is here and it’s a great time for beach getaways.

The City of Hobart is partnering with Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST), which has been working with other states, clubs and organisations within the disability sector to provide programs and services that give people with disabilities access to the water.

Young Tasmanians can take part in swimming, catching waves, beach runs and exercises via the Starfish Nipper Program.

The program is designed to give beach safety and water awareness skills to students with a disability aged six years and older.

The chairs are versatile and cater for all kinds of needs.

For people who need assistance on sand or accessing the water, the City of Hobart and SLST offer free beach wheelchairs at Long Beach, Sandy Bay on Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm until Monday 5 February 2019.

“We don’t want to put barriers in front of people who have a disability,” SLST training and community programs manager Leanne Johannesen said.

“Instead, we want to give all Tasmanians the ability to access the water and support them on that journey so the beach is an enjoyable place instead of being perceived as unsafe.”

For more information or to hire beach wheelchairs, please contact the SLST office on 6216 7800 or email slst@slst.asn.au.

Caption: Veronika Davie supported by volunteer Clare Boyce, of Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Photo credit: Kylee Davie.

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